Citadel Advisors Trimmed By $719.21 Million Its Priceline Grp (PCLN) Holding; Hess (HES) Shorts Increased By 16.62%

November 14, 2017 - By Migdalia James

Hess Corporation (NYSE:HES) had an increase of 16.62% in short interest. HES’s SI was 33.40M shares in November as released by FINRA. Its up 16.62% from 28.64M shares previously. With 5.24 million avg volume, 6 days are for Hess Corporation (NYSE:HES)’s short sellers to cover HES’s short positions. The SI to Hess Corporation’s float is 12.37%. About 2.28 million shares traded. Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES) has declined 14.55% since November 14, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 31.25% the S&P500.

Citadel Advisors Llc decreased Priceline Grp Inc (PCLN) stake by 97.81% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Citadel Advisors Llc sold 384,605 shares as Priceline Grp Inc (PCLN)’s stock rose 10.44%. The Citadel Advisors Llc holds 8,595 shares with $16.08M value, down from 393,200 last quarter. Priceline Grp Inc now has $84.62 billion valuation. The stock rose 0.16% or $2.69 reaching $1724.84. About 306,292 shares traded. Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN) has risen 44.63% since November 14, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 27.93% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1 in Q2 2017. Its down 0.08, from 1.08 in 2017Q1. It turned negative, as 60 investors sold Hess Corp. shares while 154 reduced holdings. 44 funds opened positions while 171 raised stakes. 250.30 million shares or 1.79% more from 245.89 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Wilen Inv Corp reported 11,578 shares or 0.3% of all its holdings. Ubs Asset Americas invested in 2.97 million shares. Minnesota-based Thrivent Financial For Lutherans has invested 0% in Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES). Avalon Advsr Lc stated it has 0.03% of its portfolio in Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES). Mitchell Grp reported 4.14% of its portfolio in Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES). Kornitzer Cap Management Ks accumulated 977,952 shares. Anchor Limited Liability stated it has 0.59% in Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES). Mutual Of America Management Lc accumulated 45,621 shares. Gabelli Funds Llc reported 355,000 shares stake. Zurcher Kantonalbank (Zurich Cantonalbank) invested in 0.21% or 486,259 shares. Next Fincl Group invested in 0% or 3,729 shares. 100 are held by Benjamin F Edwards &. Cypress Asset Mngmt Tx reported 13,122 shares. Loews accumulated 12,574 shares. Walleye Trading Ltd Liability invested in 100,093 shares or 0.03% of the stock.

Hess Corporation is an exploration and production company. The company has market cap of $14.35 billion. The Firm is engaged in exploration, development, production, transportation, purchase and sale of crude oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas. It currently has negative earnings. The Company’s divisions include Exploration and Production, and Bakken Midstream.

Among 22 analysts covering Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES), 9 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 13 Hold. Therefore 41% are positive. Hess Corp. had 50 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was upgraded on Thursday, December 8 by JP Morgan. J.P. Morgan downgraded Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES) on Thursday, September 14 to “Hold” rating. The rating was downgraded by Goldman Sachs on Tuesday, May 30 to “Hold”. As per Thursday, October 5, the company rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray. Morgan Stanley initiated Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES) rating on Tuesday, January 12. Morgan Stanley has “Equal-Weight” rating and $40 target. On Tuesday, April 11 the stock rating was upgraded by Wolfe Research to “Outperform”. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Friday, May 5 by Wells Fargo. The stock of Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES) has “Neutral” rating given on Tuesday, January 5 by Citigroup. The rating was maintained by Citigroup with “Neutral” on Thursday, April 7. Citigroup maintained Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES) rating on Monday, September 14. Citigroup has “Buy” rating and $68 target.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.06 in 2017 Q2. Its up 0.05, from 1.01 in 2017Q1. It improved, as 62 investors sold PCLN shares while 321 reduced holdings. 96 funds opened positions while 311 raised stakes. 45.36 million shares or 2.62% less from 46.57 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Tudor Invest Corporation Et Al holds 0.61% of its portfolio in Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN) for 10,777 shares. The Illinois-based Jump Trading Ltd Company has invested 0.04% in Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN). Westfield Mgmt Lp invested in 38,250 shares. Duquesne Family Office Llc has invested 6.31% in Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN). Washington Trust Com holds 0.71% or 6,212 shares. The Ohio-based Winfield Associate Inc has invested 1.39% in Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN). Par Cap Mgmt reported 138,005 shares. 992 were reported by Eqis Management. The British Columbia – Canada-based British Columbia Mgmt has invested 0.62% in Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN). Hillhouse Cap has 7.36% invested in Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN). Thornburg Mngmt, a New Mexico-based fund reported 19,147 shares. 185 were accumulated by Btr Cap. Hgk Asset Management has invested 0.1% of its portfolio in Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN). Franklin Resources holds 0.08% of its portfolio in Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN) for 86,947 shares. King Luther Capital Corp owns 510 shares.

Among 31 analysts covering Priceline.com (NASDAQ:PCLN), 25 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 81% are positive. Priceline.com had 93 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, March 8 by Moffett Nathanson. The stock of Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN) has “Market Perform” rating given on Tuesday, November 8 by Wells Fargo. The rating was maintained by Wells Fargo with “Hold” on Tuesday, July 25. The firm earned “Overweight” rating on Monday, October 2 by Morgan Stanley. The company was maintained on Tuesday, July 11 by Piper Jaffray. Credit Suisse maintained it with “Outperform” rating and $2000 target in Tuesday, November 7 report. The company was downgraded on Tuesday, August 18 by Vetr. The firm has “Outperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Friday, October 7. The stock has “Outperform” rating by Raymond James on Tuesday, January 5. Miller Tabak initiated Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN) on Wednesday, January 18 with “Buy” rating.

Analysts await Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN) to report earnings on February, 26. They expect $14.24 EPS, up 0.21% or $0.03 from last year’s $14.21 per share. PCLN’s profit will be $698.61 million for 30.28 P/E if the $14.24 EPS becomes a reality. After $35.22 actual EPS reported by Priceline Group Inc for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -59.57% negative EPS growth.

Since May 15, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 2 sales for $3.01 million activity. On Monday, May 15 the insider Tans Gillian sold $223,610. Docter Jan L had sold 1,500 shares worth $2.79M.

Citadel Advisors Llc increased Assurant Inc (Put) (NYSE:AIZ) stake by 11,500 shares to 14,100 valued at $1.46 million in 2017Q2. It also upped Range Res Corp (NYSE:RRC) stake by 533,369 shares and now owns 823,269 shares. Pinnacle Foods Inc Del (NYSE:PF) was raised too.

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